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To Avoid Confusion About Voting

Counting the vote

Counting the vote

SALEM — Secretary Jeanne P. Atkins released the following statement today following reports Thursday and Friday from Oregonians about robocalls.

“I respect the work of every political party and campaign doing outreach to Oregonians to help ensure they exercise their right to vote. Sometimes, however, this outreach includes automated phone calls, and we have heard from many, many Oregonians confused and unhappy about the calls they received this week.

“The Oregon Republican Party has acknowledged that they arranged for making certain robocalls on a county by county basis. However, the investigation is ongoing given conflicting reports of the scripts used and callers reached.

“Political parties and campaigns are entitled to use voter outreach, including phone calls to “inactive” voters encouraging them to reactivate their registration, to make sure voters understand how to vote. However, if outdated lists are used, this practice can cause confusion and alarm, which may result in voters feeling they are not registered to vote when in fact they are.

“Robocalls are particularly prone to create confusion, since questions about the message can’t be directed to the caller. Even the most carefully constructed message can be misunderstood, as was the case for many voters who contacted elections officials in recent days.

“As we continue looking into this matter, we urge all campaigns to use the most up-to-date information possible when contacting Oregonians. The Elections Division is available to work with campaigns and parties from across the spectrum to make sure they have the most accurate information available.

“No matter what your affiliation, I hope every eligible Oregonian takes advantage of their right to vote this election. Your vote is your voice, and every vote matters.”

Secretary Atkins asked Oregonians to remember these facts:

If you have received your ballot, you are registered to vote.
If your ballot is received at a county elections office or official ballot drop box by 8 p.m. Tuesday, it will be counted.
If you have cast your ballot already, either by mail or at a drop box, your vote will be counted.
If you are an inactive registered voter, you must reactivate your registration before 8 p.m. on Election Night to receive your ballot.
Some calls erroneously state that Oregon Motor Voter may cause people to become inactive. In fact, Oregon Motor Voter uses address updates to reactivate registered voters. To learn more about Oregon Motor Voter, please visit http://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Documents/oregon-motor-voter-registration-manual-final.pdf.
Check oregonvotes.gov/myvote if you have not yet received a ballot to see if your registration is inactive. If so, contact your county clerk by Election Day to get reactivated and receive your ballot.

And finally, no matter your choices, PLEASE VOTE!

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